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Some months back I took delivery of a new PantoRouter and have been getting familiar with it. My 1st project after setup was a Jay Bates cart build for the new tool which was basically 2x4s milled and the mortise and tenon construction which went very well. I then built the two drawers using the box joint method on the PR and they turned out very well. My next time using it was to create the drawer for a hutch-bookcase project for my wife and I tried the dovetail process on the PR which was far easier then I expected after a trial run on some scrap the same size. Two adjustments and I was off making through dovetails.

Now I think I may have hit a limitation on the next project which is a cherry blanket chest for my oldest granddaughter that is graduating top of her class and headed to ODU this fall. The carcass is 19-1/2" tall without the base and the limit for the PR seems to be 18" . So I'm trying to think this out and determine the best possible course of action to make these through dovetails using the PR.

As I have a Domino jointer I thought that I'd mill the cherry and have it glue ready, mark the orientation of the 2 pieces that will make the sides and front/back, then cut my tails and pins. Then glue them together and after the glue dries run them through my 19/38 sander for a light sanding should there be any offset to the 2 boards making up the pieces. There really shouldn't be if the Domino is registered properly to the pieces and the orientation is maintained, right?

So the question is, am I approaching this properly or do I need to come up with a better plan? Anything wider than the 18" table of the PR will not have the use of the fence and difficult to clamp on the table. Making two joining parts is the only way I see it happening short of reducing the size of the panels by 1-1/2" and I don't see that as reasonable. Any suggestions?
 

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Some months back I took delivery of a new PantoRouter and have been getting familiar with it. My 1st project after setup was a Jay Bates cart build for the new tool which was basically 2x4s milled and the mortise and tenon construction which went very well. I then built the two drawers using the box joint method on the PR and they turned out very well. My next time using it was to create the drawer for a hutch-bookcase project for my wife and I tried the dovetail process on the PR which was far easier then I expected after a trial run on some scrap the same size. Two adjustments and I was off making through dovetails.

Now I think I may have hit a limitation on the next project which is a cherry blanket chest for my oldest granddaughter that is graduating top of her class and headed to ODU this fall. The carcass is 19-1/2" tall without the base and the limit for the PR seems to be 18" . So I'm trying to think this out and determine the best possible course of action to make these through dovetails using the PR.

As I have a Domino jointer I thought that I'd mill the cherry and have it glue ready, mark the orientation of the 2 pieces that will make the sides and front/back, then cut my tails and pins. Then glue them together and after the glue dries run them through my 19/38 sander for a light sanding should there be any offset to the 2 boards making up the pieces. There really shouldn't be if the Domino is registered properly to the pieces and the orientation is maintained, right?

So the question is, am I approaching this properly or do I need to come up with a better plan? Anything wider than the 18" table of the PR will not have the use of the fence and difficult to clamp on the table. Making two joining parts is the only way I see it happening short of reducing the size of the panels by 1-1/2" and I don't see that as reasonable. Any suggestions?
Hi Steve,
I think we've already chatted about different ways to approach this project, but if you need additional assistance, please let me know and we're happy to help in every way we can.

Happy PantoRouting!
Mac
 
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